Voice Of Elmo, Kevin Clash Pays Sexual Abuse Accuser Six-Figure Sum
It appears the voice of Elmo sex abuse scandal is nearing an end. Kevin Clash agreed to pay Sheldon Stephens $125,000 with one condition: that he recant his story that Clash had sex with him when he was a minor, TMZ have reported.
"Stephens agrees that immediately upon execution of this Agreement, his counsel, Andreozzi & Associates, P.C., shall release the [following] statement ... 'He [Stephens] wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship,'" said a statement, which goes onto say that if Stephens is asked by anyone about his relationship with Clash, he must only repeat the statement [above] in the settlement that recants his story. Contrary to this, though, it is reported that even though he signed the document, Stephens didn't want to, and cried while applying his signature, insisting that Clash had sex with him when he was a minor and was pressured into signing the settlement. Perhaps we're not nearing an end after all.
TMZ broke the story of the withdrawal of Stephens statement, with his lawyer releasing a statement saying, "[The accuser] wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship. [The accuser] will have no further comment," but who knows where this fresh information will lead.